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So much for those second-round doldrums. Rory McIlroy is holding up just fine on Day 2 of the British Open.As for Tiger Woods, it looks as though he’s still a bit rusty.McIlroy, who has struggled on Fridays throughout the year for reasons that are a mystery to him and everyone else, was 9 under par coming down the stretch at Royal Liverpool, putting him three shots ahead of the field.Woods, on the other hand, went tumbling off the leaderboard with a double-bogey at the first hole and a bogey at the second. Looks like that 15th major title will have to wait a little longer, which really shouldn’t be surprising for someone playing for only the second time since back surgery. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

So much for those second-round doldrums. Rory McIlroy is holding up just fine on Day 2 of the British Open.

As for Tiger Woods, it looks as though he’s still a bit rusty.

McIlroy, who has struggled on Fridays throughout the year for reasons that are a mystery to him and everyone else, was 9 under par coming down the stretch at Royal Liverpool, putting him three shots ahead of the field.

Woods, on the other hand, went tumbling off the leaderboard with a double-bogey at the first hole and a bogey at the second. Looks like that 15th major title will have to wait a little longer, which really shouldn’t be surprising for someone playing for only the second time since back surgery. (Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Jason Dufner of the United States hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 17, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (A polarizing filter was used in the creation of this image.) (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Jason Dufner of the United States hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 17, 2014 in Hoylake, England. (A polarizing filter was used in the creation of this image.) (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Remember that miserable Canadian winter we all suffered through, not so long ago? When watching the Winter Olympics was just about the only way to stay warm or, rather, feel warm and fuzzy about something, specifically — our athletes — and their medal haul, on the slopes, around the speed skating oval and in the hockey arena in Sochi?

Canada did what Canada does in winter sports, elbowing its way to the podium, waving the maple leaf with glee and giving us Hosers at home some new national heroes to celebrate. First among them, arguably, was Marie-Philip Poulin, a shy, polite, perfectly friendly French-Canadian, when not dressed in her hockey gear. On the ice Poulin was Clutch. She is an American Killer, and a scorer of two gold-medal sealing goals in Sochi — this after she scored the winning goal to beat the States in Vancouver four years before.

“Sidney Crosby is the best player in the world, in my opinion,” Louise Warren, Poulin’s college roommate at Boston University said after watching her pal dispatch of the U.S. “But I 100 per cent believe that [Poulin] is the best women’s hockey player in the world.”

A Canadian woman, and she is the best in the world. Poulin’s success in February stirred the patriotic spirit. But there are other rustlings out there. Canadian women are on the move. It is their time and, in England, at Wimbledon, it is Eugenie Bouchard’s time. (Photos: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

We’re big fans of all sports photographers but we particularly like how Getty Images manages to catch our eye with something unique from time to time.Lately, some of Getty’s shooters have been experimenting with infrared cameras. Bruce Bennett did some surreal work at an NHL game in March. The subversion of the normal colour palette on the ice makes the players look like they’re from an alternative reality. Last week, Al Bello published several images from the leadup to the Belmont Stakes.This week, Streeter Lecka is making North Carolina looks like Montana with sweeping vistas from Pinehurst No. 2. The shot above, of Adam Scott from Thursday, looks like it’s straight out of big sky country, not the Carolina shore. Click through for some of our favourites from Pinehurst and the Belmont.

We’re big fans of all sports photographers but we particularly like how Getty Images manages to catch our eye with something unique from time to time.

Lately, some of Getty’s shooters have been experimenting with infrared cameras. Bruce Bennett did some surreal work at an NHL game in March. The subversion of the normal colour palette on the ice makes the players look like they’re from an alternative reality. Last week, Al Bello published several images from the leadup to the Belmont Stakes.

This week, Streeter Lecka is making North Carolina looks like Montana with sweeping vistas from Pinehurst No. 2. The shot above, of Adam Scott from Thursday, looks like it’s straight out of big sky country, not the Carolina shore. Click through for some of our favourites from Pinehurst and the Belmont.

An 11-year-old girl who won her age group in the youth competition before the Masters has played her way into the U.S. Women’s Open next month at Pinehurst No. 2.Lucy Li, a sixth grader with braces and a sharp short game, made history Monday at Half Moon Bay with rounds of 74-68 to become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Not only did she earn a spot at the biggest event in women’s golf, she won the 36-hole qualifier by seven shots.It’s another example that golf has no age limits. (Photo: Joel Kowsky/USGA/The Associated Press)

An 11-year-old girl who won her age group in the youth competition before the Masters has played her way into the U.S. Women’s Open next month at Pinehurst No. 2.

Lucy Li, a sixth grader with braces and a sharp short game, made history Monday at Half Moon Bay with rounds of 74-68 to become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Not only did she earn a spot at the biggest event in women’s golf, she won the 36-hole qualifier by seven shots.

It’s another example that golf has no age limits. (Photo: Joel Kowsky/USGA/The Associated Press)

'I've never been so scared': Golfer Pablo Larrazabal jumps into lake to escape swarm of hornetsPablo Larrazabal couldn’t believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets “three times the size of bees” began an assault.“They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big-time,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy. But the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.” (Photo: Joshua Paul/The Associated Press)

'I've never been so scared': Golfer Pablo Larrazabal jumps into lake to escape swarm of hornets
Pablo Larrazabal couldn’t believe what was coming his way. He was playing in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Friday when a swarm of hornets “three times the size of bees” began an assault.

“They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big-time,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy. But the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.” (Photo: Joshua Paul/The Associated Press)

Finn, son of Scott Stallings of the U.S., plays during the Par 3 Contest prior the start of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Check out National Post Sports for more on the Masters. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Finn, son of Scott Stallings of the U.S., plays during the Par 3 Contest prior the start of the 78th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. Check out National Post Sports for more on the Masters. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Ricardo Santos of Portugal hits a practice shot on the driving range as the sun rises during day two of the NH Collection Open held at La Reserva de Sotogrande Club de Golf on April 4, 2014 in Cadiz, Spain.  (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Ricardo Santos of Portugal hits a practice shot on the driving range as the sun rises during day two of the NH Collection Open held at La Reserva de Sotogrande Club de Golf on April 4, 2014 in Cadiz, Spain.  (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Look, we’ve been to golf tournaments before. It’s not like on television, where production crews cut from hole to hole to bring you every important shot. When you go to a golf tournament in person, there’s time to look around, take in the vistas, especially if you’re on a beautiful course like Innisbrook outside Tampa, Fla.This week at the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, photographer Sam Greenwood has been looking around, taking in the vistas. Why Getty Images has moved these photos out on the wire, we can’t say. But for a change of pace from the regular sports fare, we present some of Greenwood’s gorgeous wildlife photos here. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Look, we’ve been to golf tournaments before. It’s not like on television, where production crews cut from hole to hole to bring you every important shot. When you go to a golf tournament in person, there’s time to look around, take in the vistas, especially if you’re on a beautiful course like Innisbrook outside Tampa, Fla.

This week at the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, photographer Sam Greenwood has been looking around, taking in the vistas. Why Getty Images has moved these photos out on the wire, we can’t say. But for a change of pace from the regular sports fare, we present some of Greenwood’s gorgeous wildlife photos here. (Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Paula Creamer sank a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the HSBC Women’s Champions on Sunday for her first LPGA title since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.

Creamer’s putt curled across the 18th green and then rolled slowly down the slope and directly into the hole. She ran across the green, then fell to her knees and put her head on the ground, laughing and pounding the grass.

“It’s one of those putts where if you just get it in the right spot, it’s going to fall down,” she said. “But I could stand there all day long and putt that and I don’t think get it within six, seven feet.”

Click through for video of Creamer’s incredible putt. (Photos: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)